Raiders improve to 11-5

by Phil Stuart

With recent victories over the Orono Red Riots and Calais Blue Devils, the Washington Academy Raider boys are currently 11-5 with road games remaining at Old Town and John Bapst. 

On Jan. 25 Barry Terrell’s Raiders hosted the Orono Red Riots at Gardner Gym in East Machias which resulted in a great fourth quarter Raider comeback to pull out a win.

Orono held a 14-10 first quarter lead and a 34-27 half-time.

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Royal Boys sweep Tigers

by Phil Stuart

The Jonesport-Beals boys upped their regular season record to 12-2 with victories over the Shead Tiger’s on Jan. 25 in Eastport and Jan. 29 in Jonesport. On Jan. 25 the Royals and Shead switched home dates and played their first matchup of the season in the port city. This was a rough and physical foul plagued contest throughout but the Royals were able to survive. 

The contest was relatively close the majority of the game but the superior depth of the Royals prevailed which resulted in a 66-56 win over Skip Alley’s club. 

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Machias Bulldogs defending state champs

The Machias Memorial High School varsity boys basketball team hopes to advance to the preliminary playoffs after their final home game in Machias on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Pick up our next issue dated Feb. 14 for our annual local basketball insert for all the local pre-playoffs basketball news. Front row from left to right: Jordan Grant, Noah Albert, Alex Wentzell, Dallas Moody, Reece Alley, Alex Marotta, Mark Merserean. Back row from left to right: Coach Jimmy Getchell, Jacob Holland, Evan Dray, Russell Hanscom, Alex Look, Tyler Wentzell, Josh Archer, Carl Bragg, Dustin Getchell.

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Washington Academy wrestlers

Tanner Rolfe starts his match in Calais.

Raider Isaac DeMott working for an escape.

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Lady Raiders in action photos

Lady Raider Madelyn Willey takes the ball down the sideline.

Strong baseline drive by Lady Raider Sydney Verge.

Katie Leighton Brings the ball down over midcourt against Woodland.

 

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Clippers weekend split

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers men’s and women’s teams hosted two Yankee small colleges on the weekend of Jan. 27-28 at the Reynolds Center. On Saturday, Jan. 27, the Vermont Technical Institute of Randolph Center, Vermont came to town. The Lady Clippers took the court first against the visiting Knights. 

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Fan behavior needs attention

by Phil Stuart

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Winter sports and fun at Perry’s Pottle Tree Farm

Having fun and helping others by cross-country skiing through woodland trails, sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing, a ski race, ice fishing, a scavenger hunt, ski lessons and a potluck by the bonfire are all part of the sixteenth annual Winter Sports and Fun Day held Saturday, Feb. 10 in Perry. 

In addition to fun, the event provides funds for Stronghearts, a Perry-based foundation.  Stronghearts was established in 2002 by Brian and Sue Duffy in memory of their son Seamus who died of a congenital heart defect, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  

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Machias Cheerleaders perform at the DAC Champoinship

The cheerleaders prepare to perform a flip to an extended stunt.

McKenna Harriman holds McCartney Blake in a shoulder sit.

The squad hits a perfect hitch.

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Washington Academy boys 8-5

by Phil Stuart

The Washington Academy boys are currently 8-5 on the season and very much in contention for the post season play on January 12th. The Raiders traveled to the Elm City to face the Purple Panthers of Waterville for the first time this season. The Raiders were able to complete the two-game sweep but it took an extra four minutes of play to get the job done. The Raiders held a 14-11 first quarter advantage between the Panther’s outscoring their hosts by three over the next eight minutes which made the halftime score 26-26. 

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